In Wales, Mars Wrigley is supporting the YRE Litter Less programme through Keep Wales Tidy to encourage young people from universities, schools, colleges and youth organisations to consider and investigate local litter issues.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, YRE in Wales will focus on ‘Reducing Plastic Waste’. Plastic waste is a huge problem in Wales and we all need to understand the effect it has on the environment and what we can all do to reduce this waste.

To take part in Young Reporters for the Environment, you will need to:

  • Choose a plastic waste issue that you care about, as an example this could be:
    • Reducing plastic waste at lunch time or even becoming a plastic free school or community.
    • You could run a campaign in your community or school to reduce the amount of single use plastic water bottles.
    • Or you could look at the affects of microplastics on our oceans
  • Choose three lesson plans to support the topic and use these lessons to help your young people develop an understanding of the issue and create a winning YRE entry!
  • Involve the whole organisation by organising a practical event or community action day and raise awareness of the chosen issue
  • Think about solutions to your issue which will change behaviour
  • Raise awareness of your investigations regularly through a media campaign.
  • Research and report your topic and suggest solutions to your issue
  • Share your competition entries with anyone and everyone through at least 3 media outlets

In schools and colleges, YRE can be linked to the curriculum of many subjects such as English, Geography, Science, Photography and Creative Media and offers a practical opportunity for young people to showcase their skills either on an individual or group basis.

YRE links incredibly well to the Welsh Baccalaureate Global Citizenship Challenge too. Global problems are researched and students are asked to problem solve through the proposal of innovative and creative solutions to the problem. Let us know on your registration form if you want the GCC Challenge Brief and Resources on marine litter or plastic packaging.

Youth organisations can work together on project based, practical activities leading to group or individual entries

Further and higher education students can produce quality work to add to portfolios and contribute towards course work and CVs.

Support on implementing YRE will be offered through workshops and lesson plans.  

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